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BitterSweet: Surviving and Growing From Loneliness

"I asked a man to sleep with me last night. He was my friend—affectionate, handsome, and, most important, available. After I asked him, he sat very quietly on the footstool near my chair for several minutes and then he said no. I felt rejected, hurt, and when he left, I asked myself why I needed affection and closeness so desperately that I had to use sex to get it."